When Richard and Claire inherit a house in Yorkshire, they think their worries are over. What they do not expect is the sitting tenant John, his friends in the local "Heritage Protection Society" nor that their recently inherited house is about to fall over the edge of a cliff......
November 13, 2017 Subject:
More Originality and Fun
A big thank you to Pigman. Worthy additions to Nick Warburton’s representation in the archive.
This is a linked series of comedy plays. Notes below are adapted from radio listings.
Nick Warburton - who wrote the wonderful 'On Mardle Fen' series of plays (with the unforgettable character of Warwick Hedges) - introduces us here to another maverick character in John Hector (played by the excellent Ronald Pickup). These plays offer good writing, quirkiness and much warm humour. I trust the order below is correct.
The Vauxgarth Pig:
When southerners Richard (played by Paul Ritter of British TV’s Friday Night Dinner) and Clare (Kate Duchene, best known for playing Miss Hardbroom, in the British TV adaptation of The Worst Witch) inherit a house in Yorkshire,who would think that a pig could prove so important?
Clare suggest they need a voice on the council the result is anything but the democratic process she imagined.
I want to Thank You All:
This play finds Richard, Clare and John paying a visit to a famous resident when John takes off with what he believes rightly to belong to the town.
This play sees Clare getting a job running Herring Week, but someone attempts a coup.
The main weight of the plays rest with the three actors listed above, and they do it so well. The plays are warm hearted and diverting. The character of John Hector provides ample examples of exasperation points. More than mere whimsy, the eccentricity of the action and characters hold the listeners’ attention throughout. If ‘On Mardle Fen’ is somewhere out there those plays deserve a place here - if at all possible.